Name: John Schroeder
Location: Surrey, UK.
First MSI Appearance: 27th Feb 2011
Profile: John was one of the great A&R men, producers and songwriters of the British pop music explosion of the 1960s. He began as Norrie Paramor’s assistant at EMI Records – where he helped shape the careers of Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Helen Shapiro and others. John has co-written many top ten hits, including Helen Shapiro’s “Walking Back To Happiness”, which sold over a million records and won him and co-writer Mike Hawker an Ivor Novello Award, the biggest award available to a songwriter. John went on to become A&R Manager at Oriole Records and brokered a deal to license recordings from the US Tamla and Motown catalogues, with famous recordings including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” (The Miracles), and “Fingertips” (Little Stevie Wonder). In the mid 1960s, Schroeder moved to Pye Records and formed the instrumental pop outfit Sounds Orchestral, which had an international hit with their version of “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”. With this group as well as under several other names, including his own, he released a large number of easy listening covers of popular songs. There was a resurgence in interest in them in the 1990s, when they became popular tracks in London dance clubs and appeared on soundtracks to films such as the Ocean’s Eleven franchise. Whilst at Pye Records, John also oversaw the launch of the career of Status Quo in 1968 with their first hit “Pictures Of Matchstick Men”. John is currently working on a new album with Cymande, who he produced and released 3 albums for in the 70’s, which gained some success in the USA and were released on the Janus label.
To find out more about John Schroeder, buy his book “Sex & Violins”